Posts Tagged ‘History’

Nov 04 2019

Atalaya Castle (Murrells Inlet, SC)

Hallway through the center courtyards, the water tower is in the middle

During our stay at Huntington Beach South Carolina State Park our family visited the Atalaya Castle. There is a small fee to tour the house, if you want you can purchase an audio tour for an additional fee.  We choose to do the tour on our own.

Atalaya has a neat history!  It was built by Acher and Anna Huntington during the Great Depression. Archer was their philanthropist from New York City and Anna was an artist. They built the house in South Carolina as a place to stay during the winter after Anna was diagnosed with tuberculosis. They designed the house after Spanish and Moorish architecture. The house has 30 room with a center courtyard full of native plants and a water tower. The Huntington’s insisted that the house be built by people from local community to help boost the economy in that area during the Great Depression.  The house was once on 9,000 acres of land.

If you are in the area and have some extra time we recommend stopping by for a visit.

One side of the inner courtyard

Touring the castle

Anna was a sculpture and she designed these wrought iron pieces to cover the windows. They are both decorative and serve as protection from hurricanes.

Entry doorway

Vine growing up through the window

In the kitchen….

My crew!

Outside of Atalaya Castle

Oct 13 2019

Kit Carson County Carousel (Burlington, CO)

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This is the second time we have visited the Kit Carson Carousel. It sits on the edge of the Kit Carson County fairgrounds in the small town of Burlington, Colorado. The first time we visited the carousel we were driving Interstate 70 from Colorado to Kansas to visit family.  We were looking for a good place to stop for a little bit and stretch our legs.  It was such a neat place to visit we told other family members about it and the next time we were driving through we stopped to share the experience with them!

The carousel was #6 of the 74 carousels made by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  It was made in 1905 for the Elitch Gardens amusement park and was used until 1927.  In 1928 Kit Carson County purchased the carousel for $1,200 (the price included shipping).

The carousel animals are stationary with three animals per row.  The original Wurlitzer band organ has been restored and plays music when the carousel is in motion. The carousel is inside a 12 sided framed building on the edge of the fair grounds with a museum and small gift shop beside it.  It is the only antique carousel that still has the original paint on both the panels and animals. Most modern carousel go approximately 8 mph, however, the Kit Carson one goes a whopping 12 mph.

The carousel has quite an interesting history. During the Great Depression the carousel spent several years in storage. They local town stored grain inside the building that housed the carousel. At one point 3 of the animals were stolen and later found in another state. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1978 and National Historic Landmark in 1987.

If you are in the area or driving through on I70 we would encourage you to stop and explore this neat carousel. It only costs 25 cents to ride the carousel and $1 to visit the museum.

Riding the Kit Carson County Carousel

Flowers at the Kit Carson Carousel

Going for another ride on the carousel!

All smiles!

Kit Carson Carousel building

Other side of the wooden token!

Aug 04 2015

Travel & Vacation: Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (Charleston, SC)

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 Visiting the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

One of the days while we were in Charleston, SC it was raining so we took the time to explore the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon.  We had gotten a Groupon for a discounted tour of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon so we figured it was the perfect day to go.  The girls and I had a lot of fun learning about the building and all the history that took place within it’s walls.  Another time about a year later we were in Charleston again and Jake joined us for our second tour of the building.  It is full of history.  The kids really enjoyed it.  A friend recommended we go see this historic site a couple years ago and we have enjoyed going more than once.

Old Exchange dates back to the 1670’s when it was used as a Customs and Exchange building for the busy Charleston port.  Pirates were placed in the Provost Dungeon.  British tea was stored inside it’s walls.  You can see the old sea wall inside the Provost Dungeon.  During the American Revolution the colonists hid guns and ammunition inside the building.  There is a lot of neat history in this building.

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Old staircase, not in use anymore

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Old Seawall can be seen inside the Provost Dungeon.  Half-moon battery.

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They had amazing brick work done in the building.  It was neat to see.

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Old model of the building.

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Our tour guide telling about the pirates they captured and held as prisoners in the Provost Dungeon

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Pirates biding their time in the Dungeon

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The had to keep records of all the exchanges and transactions that took place inside the building.

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The colonists put a powder magazine inside the building and then built a wall in front of it.  Even during the American Revolution when the British soldiers had control and occupied this building they never found it.  After the war when they took down the wall everything was still where they had left it.

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Provost Dungeon

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Black Beard the pirate

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A lot of neat historical pictures line the walls throughout the building

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It was a rainy day in Charleston.  Perfect day to take a tour of Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon.

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Information about Preside George Washington’s visit to Charleston.

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We the People….

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Historical people and swords

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Rainy day, but still beautiful

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Looking out from the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon building to the street below.

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History of the Exchange & Custom House, Faneuil Hall, and more

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One of the meeting rooms, beautifully decorated

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The Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon Banner

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Plagues on the outside walls of the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

Jul 28 2015

Travel & Vacation: Rainbow Row (Charleston, SC)

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When we go into downtown Charleston, SC the kids always try to see who is the first one to spot Rainbow Row.  Rainbow Row is a  popular architectural landmark in Charleston, SC along East Bay Street.  It is a row of brightly colored 18th century buildings in Charleston.

The buildings were given their name due to their beautiful Colonial Caribbean color scheme.  Originally, the buildings were businesses that serviced the Charleston docks.  The oldest one of the buildings was built in 1748.  The buildings had stores on the bottom floors with the business owners and their families living on the second floor.  Currently the buildings are private residences, however, they continue to resemble their historical style and colors.  If you are on that side of Charleston go ahead and snap a photo of these colorful houses on Rainbow Row.

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

Jul 21 2015

Travel & Vacation: Daniel Island Historical Markers & Bike Path (Daniel Island, SC)

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 Beautiful paved Daniel Island bike and walking path

We love visiting Daniel Island!  Over the past few years we have been several times and it seems like every time we find something new to explore on this island on the outskirts of Charleston, SC.  On one of our trips we took our bikes with us and found a lot of neat places to ride around town. The kids favorite place to ride their bikes was around the cement and paved path in Smythe Lake Park around a little lake in near the Pirates Cove Playground The last time we brought our bikes we would ride around the lake, play for a little bit at the playground, and ride around the lake again.

The scenery around the lake is beautiful.  On our first pass around the bike and walking trail we noticed Daniel Island Historical Markers along the way.  It was a lot of fun to stop at each one and read about the history of Daniel Island.  We saw some wildlife on our adventures too from alligators to ducks and more!  We got our exercise and learn more about Daniel Island throughout our excursions that day.

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 Biking around the lake

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 On of the historical signs along the biking and walking path – “A Proprietary Governor

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 “Slave Life on Daniel Island”

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 We had a friend sunning himself along the biking trail.  Needless to say we didn’t stop to see if he wanted to play.  Always best to leave the wildlife alone!

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 “Making Bricks”

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 “Tenants & Truck Farmers”

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 “Harry Frank Guggenheim”

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 Friendly ducks swimming and finding little fish to eat.

 The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!